Are you ready to make the most delicious Christmas chocolate dessert of all time?
I’m serious! People go crazy for Chocolate Cheerio baubles! These are the perfect homemade Christmas treats.
So, if you want to create a memorable festive treat for your kids, or make irresistible gourmet gifts for your friends, this Chocolate Cheerio baubles recipe is for you.
Products you need for this recipe
- Heat proof bowls – melt your chocolate down in a couple of heat proof bowls
- Wooden spoon – get yourself a good old fashioned wooden spoon for the stirring of the chocolate
- White chocolate – it wouldn’t be Christmas without white chocolate
- Dark chocolate – if you’re making this recipe for kids, you might want to plump for plain. If you have find dark chocolate irresistible, however, this is the one for you
- Plain chocolate – if you prefer your chocolate on the lighter, milkier side, get some plain chocolate. Kids will definitely prefer the lighter option too
- Crunchy peanut butter – the thing that really takes these Christmas treats to the next level is a little helping of crunchy peanut butter. Divine!
- Cheerios – this recipe isn’t the same without Cheerios. They soak up the chocolate, yet keep a nice crispy crunch. Also, they’re one of the healthier cereals out there
- Acrylic fillable baubles – these little bauble moulds are going to take a great recipe and turn it into something magical
Chocolate Cheerio baubles recipe
Call off the diet! 'Tis the season to be merry and bake some indulgent Christmas treats. When it comes to indulgence, this fun, festive crunchy chocolate Cheerios recipe is as good as it gets.
If you’re young at heart, you’ll fall in love with these little Christmas bauble treats. As for kids... well, they’ll be in dreamland! They can even help make them, which will make the Christmas chocolate snacks even more irresistible.
It’s a super simple recipe to make. First you melt the dark, or plain, and white chocolate in two separate mixing bowls.
Then, to turn the decadence up a notch, you add crunchy peanut butter to the melted white chocolate.
Once you’ve given both bowls of melted chocolate a stir, in go the Cheerios! Like luscious little lifebuoys floating in a sea of chocolate!
Say cheerio to your Cheerios and stir them in so that every last one is covered in delicious melted chocolate.
Now comes the magical part. Take your little acrylic bauble moulds and fill each half with the two chocolate mixtures.
Milk/dark on one side and white on the other. Make sure the mixtures meet in the middle, so that they’ll stay solid when chilled.
Try to mix things up a little and use different sized baubles.
Once you’ve chilled your little baubles for 2-3 hours, you’ll have the perfect Christmas chocolate baubles! Next comes my little trick for hanging them on your Christmas tree.
All you need to do is dip a Cheerio in the melted chocolate and attach it to the top of the bauble. Then, chill each bauble on a plate for around 15 minutes.
Once it’s chilled, the hoop will be ready. You can now attach your Chocolate Cheerio baubles to your Christmas tree.
Talk about a tasty Christmas decoration!
Can I Substitute Cheerios With Another Cereal?
There are three reasons why Cheerios are great for this chocolate Christmas treat recipe:
- They add a satisfying crunch
- They don't go soggy
- They bulk out the chocolate
If you can’t get hold of Cheerios, don’t worry. There are a few good breakfast cereals that would work well in this recipe.
- Cheerios Oat Crunch – these alternative Cheerios are great if you want to bring a bit of an oaty honey flavor to your chocolate Cheerio baubles
- Honey Nut Cheerios – another great Cheerio alternative that’ll work well with this recipe, especially for those who like almonds
- Kellog’s Corn Pops – this cereal would bring a sweet crispy crunch to these homemade Christmas treats
- Lucky Charms – this might be a little too sweet for some. Still, if you’re looking for a little extra decadence and a whole lot of charm, the addition of marshmallows might just make your Christmas all the more merrier
- Fruit Loops – this fruity classic cereal adds a great twist to this chocolate Christmas treat recipe
- Quaker Simply Granola – if you want an extra crunch to your chocolate baubles, try these
- Smart Bran – the ultimate healthy alternative, this cereal is perfect for those who want a lighter Christmas treat
What Type Of Chocolate Should I Use?
People tend to rant and rave about using the best quality, most expensive ingredients all the time. We’re not all made of money, though. Sometimes, you can be good to your pocket and get by with the basics.
This isn’t one of those occasions! If you buy cheap chocolate, this recipe will taste cheap and nasty.
Buy the best chocolate you can afford. I recommend a brand called Callebaut. It’s a quality Belgian chocolate that’s produced specifically for cooking and baking. It tastes heavenly and is worth every penny!
If you’re going to splash out on a recipe, it should definitely be this one. After all, it’s Christmas!
Is there a quicker way to melt chocolate?
If you want to melt your chocolate quickly, you can use a microwave. Place your chocolate in a microwaveable bowl and put it in the microwave, giving it 10-second blasts at a time and stirring after each. It shouldn’t take much more than a minute.
More Christmas chocolate treats
You can have a lot of fun with silicone moulds too. They’d be perfect for homemade advent calendar chocolate. You could even make chocolate snowflake lollies with the leftover chocolate.
If you’re using small moulds, leave out the Cheerios. Pour the dark chocolate in first because it has a thinner consistency that will capture more detail than the white chocolate.
After you’ve filled the moulds, give it a shake to get rid of air bubbles.
Other desserts to make the kids go weak at the knees
- Chocolate concrete – a nostalgic old-school classic, this chocolate pudding would make the perfect festive treat
- Pink custard – another retro pudding, this recipe makes the perfect combo with the chocolate concrete recipe above
- Chocolate flapjacks – what could be better than homemade flapjacks? Yep… homemade chocolate flapjacks. This one is sure to become a firm family favorite
- Cornflake tart – crunchy, sweet and irresistible, another old-school classic that’s super simple to make
- Chocolate orange cheesecake – next-level indulgence that will make your festive season all the more merrier. It’ll be gone before you can say “ho-ho-ho”
- Mars Bar cakes – the ultimate in indulgent chocolate treats, you’ll have to hide these so the family don’t devour them all in one go
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Chocolate Cheerio Baubles
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 12 servings 1x
- Diet: Vegetarian
Chocolate Cheerio Baubles are great for Christmas craft activities for children. Using just melted chocolate and Cheerios, you can get so creative.
- butter to grease
- 200g (7 oz) white chocolate
- 200g (7 oz) plain chocolate
- 75g (2½ oz) crunchy peanut butter
- 75g (2½ oz / 2¼ cups) Cheerios
- Melt the dark chocolate in a heat proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Stir until smooth and remove the bowl from the pan.
- Melt the white chocolate in the same way and remove from the heat. Add the peanut butter to the white chocolate and stir well until smooth.
- Add 33g (1 cup) of Cheerios to the melted dark chocolate and stir thoroughly until all the hoops are covered with chocolate. Add the remaining Cheerios to the melted white chocolate and do the same.
- Now you need at least 10 x 5cm (2in) acrylic fillable baubles. Fill one half with white chocolate cheerios and the other with dark chocolate cheerios.
- When putting the two bauble halves together, ensure that the fillings are touching each other so that they stick together in the chilling process. Chill for 2-3 hours until firm.
- Remove the chocolate balls from the bauble casings.
- Melt a bit of chocolate and dip one cheerio in it. Attach the dipped cheerio onto the chocolate ball, which will now act as a hoop for you to hook or string through to allow you to hang it onto your
- Christmas tree. Repeat the process, until all balls are transformed into baubles.
- Place the baubles onto a plate and chill for 10 minutes.
- Use a hook or string to attach to your Christmas tree! Happy munching!
- If you’re not keen on dark chocolate, you can use milk chocolate too.
- You can also use the microwave to speed things up when melting the chocolate. Remember to give it 10 second blasts and stir in between until it’s all melted.
- You can use different sized baubles to change things up.
- Alternatively, you can create a homemade foodie gift for special occasions such as birthdays and Christmas. This will entail putting all the assembled concoctions in one block. Here’s how to do it: Line a shallow tin with greased baking parchment. Drop alternate spoonfuls of each chocolate mix into the prepared tin, then tap the tin to level the mixture. Chill for 2-3 hours until firm. Turn out onto a board and wrap in cellophane. Keep chilled in the fridge until giving it away.
- Another option is simply to use a lined muffin tin and filling them with the white and dark chocolate cheerios.
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Boil
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: chocolate cheerios, cheerio recipe, cheerio dessert, christmas crafts
These sound tasty. I love the pic of Gabriel. How adorable.
What a fun recipe!
The Duo Dishes
That is awesome! Great pics.
Jen @ MaplenCornbread
TOO cute of Gabriel!!! What a wonderful recipe, the kid in me surely would love these 🙂
Just for the record, I would NEVUH feed this junk to my kid. This snack is just too unhealthy. All those trans fats from the peanut butter... its loaded with sugar, did you even think to use organic 70% chocolate? Oh my god- you did not use butter instead of margarine! This is the stuff that's killing our children and making them obese. That said, I am a food blogger, thus obligated to at least make these in the interest of my craft. BUT just so you understand I will be hiding these away from my kids. My husband and I will eat these late at night when the kids are asleep, only because we ...uhhhm ....care about our children. LOL.
OMG~WIZZY, have you not ever read the margarine container and seen all the CHEMICALS it is made with....DUH~!
Love it! What a creative idea!
I am eight months pregnant. And you are my savior. 🙂
Oh my! This looks AMAZING! I cant wait to try this!
These are seriously cute, and I bet seriously good.
Coffee & Vanilla
Michelle, I love them!
Thank you for your message, I think it is a great idea 🙂 I will send you email soon...
Cool recipe...could I use milk choco instead of plain?
erin @ dessert girl
Love this! Great idea and the photos are wonderful, especially the second one!
What a great idea!!! I love it.
Thank you for posting this beautiful recipe, I liked it so much I’ve included it in my Top funkiest Chocolate recipes on the Web >> http://bit.ly/13bx7w
Congratulations!! and looking forward to many more fab recipes.
Really cute picture of Gabriel! They must be...delicious 🙂
Wow...looks amazing! I was just wondering on FaceBook what on earth I'm going to do with the 11 boxes of random cereals I have...this is going to use some of them thank goodness!
Lana @ Never Enough Thyme
What a fantastic recipe! My grandkids would just love these.
Jenny, The Sugar Mommy
Almost daily, I ponder making a treat with the Cheerios my children love to nibble. Finally I've stumbled upon someone else's creation, and it sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing.
I'm allergic to peanut butter... could this work without peanut butter in the white chocolate? (And no... I have yet to find a sunflower butter, etc... that I like)... These looks so good!
This looks amazing! Also I love the picture with chocolate everywhere. So cute!
These were sooo yummy and very easy and fun to make!! I'll definately be making these again!
So glad to hear you enjoyed these. Want to know a little secret? I make batches of these and give them away as Christmas presents!
hey WIZZY, i sure hope that was all sarcasm up there because "FOR THE RECORD" butter IS NOT bad for you. it is milk. butter in moderation is perfectly fine in a diet. AND PEANUT BUTTER IS EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD FOR YOU. It's called "peanuts" and you blend them up. Peanut butter doesn't automatically equal added sugar and oils. YOU HAVE NO IDEA what kind of chocolate she used. Feel free to use whatever chocolate YOU please. Oh and...uhhhmm.. please please eat all of these treats. Better you than your children, right? (Get Fat and have a heart attack)
My goodness only just coming back to this post months after I had no idea people misinterpreted my tongue in cheek response. Really no offense meant. It was TOTALLY meant to be sarcastic:-/ As in its too delicious that I might not want to share with my children hence all the made up silly reasons of why it might not be good for them.
Hey Wizzy, it's best not to take anything said on the web too seriously. Written words can easily be misinterpreted and hence misunderstood. I never took offence! 🙂
what katie's baking
your photos are absolutely gorgeous!
and this recipe is so yummy. way to turn an ordinary breakfast food into a decadent dessert!
Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen
Hi! FYI General Mills makes Cheerios, not Nestle. Anyway I just pinned your recipe. Totally love it!
Zoikes, I didn't know that. Thanks for pointing it out!
Nestle does make Cheerios...fyi!... In the UK anyway....google it! 😉
oh and this recipe is delicious!!! 🙂
Thanks for helping out, Erin! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
Sarah Maison Cupcake
I can indeed voucher that these taste WONDERFUL. I am tempted to plagiarise myself!!
I saw these touted on Twitter as the best chocolate recipe ever and had to come and have a look. I've never tried Cheerios in chocolate krispie cakes - now I must. Maybe even this evening. Yum!
Go on, I dare ya! 😉
Did you make them? Are they the BEST or what???
Oh thanks for the update and instuctions. I rember the taste of this treat like yesterday eventhough its a good year and a half ago then you suprised me with this gift. It was so gorgeous i dont remember sharing it with the rest of the family though hihihi.
What brands did you use? and do your prefer to use chunky peanutbutter?
I am sure i am going to make this soon. Worth the effort and waiting time!
lots f love Miriam
Glad you enjoyed them, Miriam! Of course, the better quality chocolate you use, the better it would be. Lindt is good! If you're planning on making this for a kid's party though, you probably don't want to splash the cash so much.
I'm glad you enjoyed the chocolate. I used Waitrose's continental belgian plain and white chocolate respectively. You can use smooth peanut butter if you like but I prefer crunchy. Happy chocolate making!